Minneapolis Riverfront Design Competition

In September 2010, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and the Minneapolis Parks Foundation, with creative partners the Walker Art Center and University of Minnesota College of Design announced an international design competition to address 5.5 miles of Minneapolis’ Upper Mississippi River, extending from the Stone Arch Bridge to the northern city limits. Four award-winning landscape and urban design teams were selected as finalists in November, from a pool of 55 submittals from 14 countries on five continents.

In December 2010, the four teams – Ken Smith Workshop, Stoss Landscape Urbanism, TLS/KVA, and Turenscape – made a four-day research visit to Minneapolis. That month, the MR|DC sponsors also co-hosted a Community Meeting, implemented a community “Designer Ask” survey, and began a youth designer curriculum.

The competing design teams, which included firms from Minnesota and all across the country, submitted their design proposals in January 2011 and made a public presentation of their work at the Walker Art Center on January 27. The winning team of Tom Leader Studio and KVA Architects was announced the following February in Minneapolis. More information can be found at MinneapolisRiverfrontDesignCompetition.com and for phase II of the project – the Minneapolis Riverfront Design Competition – information can be found at  MinneapolisRiverfrontDevelopmentInitiative.com.